What does HPV mean?

What does HPV mean?


HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus and is a very common group of viruses. There are more than 120 different types which are widespread amongst the sexually active population. More than 80% of all sexually active adults are getting in contact with HPV once in their life.

9 out of 10 infected persons are not aware of their infection with HPV. This is due to the fact that the infection itself does not cause any symptoms und in most cases heals spontaneously. In some cases however, patients develop a tumour in the mouth, throat or anogenital area.

How is HPV spread?

HPV is spread via skin to skin contact. It is most commonly spread during sexual intercourse. The use of condoms can reduce but will not eliminate the risk of catching HPV.

How many patients develop a HPV induced tumour?

Patients diagnosed each year:

ca. 14,000 cases of mouth and throat cancer
ca. 11,000 cases of tumours in the anogenital area